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Wow! Austin Rankings Keep Coming

Austin — Top 10 for Business and Careers … and so much more! Continue reading

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Travis County Tax Appraiser: homes down, total stable

In Travis County, much like the rest of the Austin metropolitan area, the average value of a single family home is down in 2010 compared to 2009, but gains from new construction and the commercial sector help to keep total taxable property values very near last year’s number. Continue reading

Central Texas Property Taxes — Estimated 2010 Values

In three counties that make up much of the Austin Metropolitan area, total assessed values are up slightly in 2010, despite downward movement in many individual properties. Continue reading

Another vote of confidence for Austin and Texas

With these arguments against this hiring, I assume Chase sees offsetting strength in Texas and expects to originate many more loans here than they have in recent years. Continue reading

New home sales surge

Last week the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced that new home sales were up 27% in March 2010 compared to February. The surge was described as the strongest (in units) since July 2009, and the largest percentage month-to-month increase in 47 years. How did Austin compare? Continue reading

Austin — a top choice!

Austin is just simply not like the rest of Texas. From the quirky cast of characters that populate Congress Avenue to burnt orange-clad University of Texas students, bats to Longhorns, four-star restaurants to down-home barbecue joints, corporate CEOs to struggling musicians, Texas’ capital city stands apart from the rest. Continue reading

A new program to help avoid foreclosure

There is a new program available for homeowners in financial distress — HAFA. Continue reading

Updated market dashboard

The good news is that the “odds of selling” rebounded nicely last month. One month does not make a trend, but unless tax incentives have accelerated too much of what would have been Summer demand, we should see solid sales performance in our market in the next few months with modest increases in sales values. Continue reading

RE/MAX On Top

RE/MAX topped competitors in the 2010 RISMedia Power Broker Report that ranks top real estate offices in the U.S. Continue reading

Don’t Just Wait For Foreclosure!

Lender communication has always been a key difficulty in handling short sales, exacerbated by agents on both sides of too many transactions who have no idea how to work a short sale. Lenders — notably major banks — have spent a lot of time working to improve their processes to accomodate the huge number of borrowers in default and to comply with recently announced HAFA guidelines Continue reading